Creative Economy Issues

What is Create the Vote?

Create the Vote Santa Fe 2014 is a collaboration of arts, cultural, and creative organizations and businesses working together to raise the issues of arts, culture, and creativity among candidates running for political office in Santa Fe.

The 2014 mayoral and city council campaign gave Santa Feans the chance to discuss the strengths and challenges of our city and to debate our vision for Santa Fe in the next 4 years and beyond.

Arts, culture and creativity have a vital impact on the social fabric and economic well being of our city, our neighborhoods and the education of our children.

Arts, Culture and Creativity = Economic Muscle in Santa Fe

Arts, culture and creative business activities are the single most significant economic engine in Santa Fe. These artists, businesses and cultural organizations collectively produce 78% of their income from outside Santa Fe. Our creative industries create jobs here and bring new capital into the community.

  • Produce $1.1 billion in revenues annually
  • Earn 38% of new money flowing into Santa Fe from all sources annually
  • Employ 17% of the Santa Fe workforce
  • Pay more than $22 million in city taxes annually
  • Attract $5 for every $1 the city spends on arts and culture (UNM BBER Study)

Mayor and City Council Survey 2014

Creative Santa Fe champions, shares and fosters meaningful policies to advance cultural and creative economic development locally, nationally and internationally.
The first Create the Vote project was to create and disseminate a questionnaire to all 2014 Mayoral and City Council candidates to clarify their position on creative economy issues.

Survey Results

Click on the name of candidates below to read the answers to this Candidate Survey.

Candidates for Mayor

Patti Bushee
Bill Dimas
Javier Gonzales

Candidates for City Council

District 1

Signe Lindell
Bill Dimas
Michael Segura

District 2

Rad Acton
Joe Arrellano
Mary Bonney
Jeff E. Green
Joseph Maestas

District 3

Marie Campos
Carmichael Dominguez
Angelo Jaramillo

District 4

Ron Trujillo

Create the Vote Partners

After Hours Alliance (AHA Festival), American Institute of Architects Santa Fe, Artsmart, Center for Contemporary Art, Creative Santa Fe, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Institute of American Indian Arts, KSFR, Lensic Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center, Littleglobe, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, New Mexico School for the Arts, Recursos de Santa Fe, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Gallery Association, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Santa Fe Music Alliance, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Performance Exchange, Santa Fe Performing Arts, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, School for Advanced Research, SITE Santa Fe, Southwestern Association of Indian Arts, St. Johns College,Theater Grottesco, Theaterwork, Warehouse 21